The #1 Paranormal News Site
The video, which was posted on the Facebook page “I’m From Denver”, claimed the flying object was spotted over southern Colorado.
It shows an odd shaped cluster of lights rising before a square portal opens in the night sky and disappears.
If a true recording, the video would be one of the most compelling pieces of video evidence of UFO activity.
However, it has now been exposed as likely to be a fake made using CGI technology.
Fact checking website Snopes.com investigated the release.
In an article branding it fake, it said: “Because the page doesn’t say exactly where in southern Colorado the video was allegedly filmed, we can’t check with local authorities to verify whether residents actually saw something that looked extraterrestrial in the night sky and caused alarm.
“However because the video shows something rather outlandish happening, one would expect it to have been covered by the local news media — and there are no reports in Colorado matching the description of such a sighting (although the southern Colorado region known as San Luis Valley is an apparent hotspot for UFO sightings.”
Snopes went onto say that the video did not even originate from Colorado, and was first reported in March this year as being Sonora, a Mexican state on the US border.
They did find Mexican tabloid media reports about some residents witnessing it.
However, Gabe Hash, a Spanish YouTuber said it had been possible to recreate the video using a program called Adobe After Effects.
He said two tech volunteers took less than a day to recreate the film.
Translated from Spanish, he said there were no official accounts of the sighting.
He added that at just 30 seconds long, with no-one talking, it had the hallmarks of CGI animation.
He said: “Most of the video is blurry and as I’ve said below, this is done to camouflage the animation… In conclusion, in our opinion the video is fake and just an animation rendered via computer.”
Snopes.com concluded the case was unproven, adding: “Since this video is impossible to prove or disprove without knowing more about what and where it is supposed to be, we can only rate it as unproven.”
Scott Brando, who runs hoax-busting website ufoofinterest.org, branded it fake after slowing down the clip to stabilise it.
He wrote on Facebook: “Another video about a fake UFO sighting has gone viral.
“I stabilised the video to check possible errors of motion tracking.
“It’s curious to note the old aspect ratio of the fake video.”